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To ‘curry favor’ with Sanford aides, Fox’s Jenkins called ‘media frenzy’ around his disappearance ‘ridiculous.’

By Ben Armbruster  

"To ‘curry favor’ with Sanford aides, Fox’s Jenkins called ‘media frenzy’ around his disappearance ‘ridiculous.’"

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griff-jenkins-webYesterday, The State newspaper in South Carolina released emails obtained from disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R) office during the time of his mysterious disappearance last month. The emails showed that many in the right-wing media (the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, Fox News) “tried to curry favor” with the governor’s office by dismissing the national media interest surrounding Sanford’s disappearance “as a storm in a teacup created by the liberal media.” Today, The State noted that Fox News’ ambush journalist Griff Jenkins was involved:

Another reporter, Griff Jenkins of Fox News, invited Sanford on to set the record straight.

Having known the Governor for years and even worked with him when he would host radio shows for me,” Jenkins wrote to Sawyer on June 23, “I find the story and the media frenzy surrounding it to be absolutely ridiculous!

ABC’s Jake Tapper was another, calling rival NBC’s reporting on Sanford “slimy” and “insulting.” He later forwarded a twitter post by NBC’s David Gregory to a Sanford aide, in which Gregory offered skepticism of Sanford’s storyline of where he was.

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